pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,750 miles
Total Complaints:
208 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (73 reports)
  2. replace with new dashboard (59 reports)
  3. should be a recall (34 reports)
  4. replace with better quality after market dashboard (22 reports)
  5. epoxy and a dash cover (7 reports)
  6. filed a complaint with. www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov (6 reports)
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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #208

Oct 012009

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Really falling apart now! Cannot decide whether to cover or replace or ignore it.

- rick49, Wenatchee, US

problem #207

Aug 012008

Ram 1500 Laramie Slt 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

This dash cracked years ago. It has been falling apart gradually over time. Even though it is an older vehicle I don't believe it should be in this poor condition. I have other vehicles this age and older with great interior. It has been bothering me, I have thought about about putting a cover or cap on it. My only fear was it continuing to crumble under cap. This may cause more squeaking or road noises.

Today just really done it for me when I had to service evaporator for ac, it literally crumbled trying to remove it for service. I believe this should have been rectified years ago with Dodge. It's probably going to cost 4-5 hundred to replace dash and bezel. Just think if I was doing this for a customer not my personal vehicle. Some of those just don't understand and want it replaced out of your pocket. Even if you warn them, or have them sign waiver. I known nothing will ever come of this probably, it's hard enough getting something rectified on a new vehicle through a dealer or manufacturer is hard enough without them snaking their way out.

- James A., Mena, US

problem #206

May 092012

Ram 1500 Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

This is a problem not only because it looks bad, but the broken plastic pieces of dash are very sharp and can cause serious damage to, not only to a person but to components behind the dash, such as wiring, the air bag, etc. I contacted Dodge, and they gave me the "runaround" blaming "wear" and too old to be covered by warranty, etc. They act as though this is an isolated incident, knowing full well, with any research at all, it is a very common problem.

- Bob E., Lafayette, IN, US

problem #205

Jul 032017

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,000 miles


This started out as one crack several months ago and now covers the entire dash cover.

- Raymond B., Dallas, US

problem #204

Jul 152016

Ram 1500 Larame 5 .2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

This 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup is the first vehicle I ever owned that the dashboard completely fell apart. The broken edges are sharp enough to cause cuts, and have in the past. The dashboard is so fragile now that the least touch causes the plastic to crumble. Ridiculous for a major manufacturer to let something like this go on for so many years without doing anything about it.

- James D., Florence, US

problem #203

Sep 152016

Ram 1500 Laramie SLT 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 259,000 miles

Unbelievable! The dash started cracking several months ago and then it just started disintegrating.

- Dan P., SANDY, UT, US

problem #202

Aug 212014

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 208,770 miles


With all the problems with the cheap dash, you think Dodge would offer a cheaper way to replace the faulty dash. Both my friends 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 and my 1999 Ram had cracked dash.

WATCH OUT! Some dashes you can buy WILL STILL CRACK! I was taking off the old cruddy dash, left the new one on the floor, and when it was time to needing it, it was in all cracked and broken!

- austinray, Goshen, IN, US

problem #201

Jul 162010

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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dashboard cracked

My dashboard cracked all the way across the dash from one side to the other, in my opinion this is very dangerous, when ever I turn my air condition on the debris from the dash flies into your eyes, causing me to loose sight of the road temporarily which could have caused an accident.

I bought this vehicle in good face, now that dodge knows there is a problem with the dashboards of these vehicles, it's only fair that they act in good face and do something about the problem!!!

- Larry W., Memphis, TN, US

problem #200

Jul 162010

Ram 1500 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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dashboard cracked

My dashboard cracked all the way across the dash from one side to the other, in my opinion this is very dangerous, when ever I turn my air condition on the debris from the dash flies into your eyes, causing me to loose sight of the road temporarily which could have caused an accident.

I bought this vehicle in good face, now that dodge knows there is a problem with the dashboards of these vehicles, it's only fair that they act in good face and do something about the problem!!!

- Larry W., Memphis, TN, US

problem #199

Dec 012007

Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L/V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport and have kept the truck in very good shape over the last 16 years but one problem that I do have with it is a cracked /broken dash board .This problem started back in 2007 and with some small hairline cracks. When I first noticed the cracks I made sure to keep the dash board covered at all times.The truck was put in storage for about 3 years and during that time, the dash kept getting worse ,to the point where it is completely broken into pieces.I have been looking into either a replacement or a Dash Cap cover. In the process of looking for a possible fix ,I discovered that this is a big problem with hundreds of other Dodge owners that have the same problem. I believe that this should be considered a defective product and that the manufacturer should stand by their product , recall this faulty dashboard and replace it with an aftermarket part that will not have the same problem. I don't think that Chrysler/Dodge should pass the Buck onto the consumer here.they should take responsibility for allowing this faulty part to go past their Quality Control Dept. and out to the Market.

M. Sanchez.

- Miguel S., Tracy, CA, US

problem #198

Dec 022010

Ram 1500 Laramie 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


My truck is fine other than the dashboard it is cracking and falling apart horrible the bezel is just hanging there now I have never seen this happen on any other vehicle I've owned. I feel it should be replaced by dodge it is obviously some type of defected plastic it can be dangerous too, if I am in an accident the shares of plastic would be flying everywhere in my eyes or face this problem could be deadly

- Tom S., Wheeling, IL, US

problem #197

Nov 012015

Ram 1500 Larime 360

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Unacceptable problem that cost 1000 to have fixed...Dodge should help with this dangerous situation many of us loyal ram drivers are having

- Darren H., Chesapeake, VA, US

problem #196

Jan 012005

Ram 1500 SPORT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I bought the truck used in 2005 w/ around 50,000 miles on her. The dash was already cracked everywhere. I made the mistake of cleaning it a few mos. later and it was so dried out it literally crumbled and fell in. The whole damn dash! Everyone since whom I spoke to that had a dodge around my year of 1999 ALL complained about the same problem. There is no way in hell that Dodge didn't know about this after the FIRST year and yet they continued on making the same shabby sh*t year after year after year and it isn't like trucks are cheap! I don't give two sh*ts whom they want to "compare" prices with... anything over $10,000 for a truck should be illegal in my opinion and they were getting over three times that. It is pure profit and all of the makers get together and keep their price gauging up and what do we get? Shabby workmanship by dumbass, lazy workers, and bent over and screwed... THATS what we get! I ended up getting some sh*t off the web that was supposed to replace it. It isn't bad but it's obvious it isn't the original. I plan on keeping this truck forever as I sure as hell cannot afford another one and I refuse to buy something new just so uncle sam can bend me over and charge me disgusting amounts of money in taxes. Not me.. I'll drive this piece of sh*t until I die and they better hope I don't get wind the day before I am going to die because I'll drive up to Detroit or wherever the hell they made it and drive it right through their front doors hahaha...

- parsonssc, Myrtle Beach, SC, US

problem #195

Jan 012008

Ram 1500 Quad

  • 50,000 miles

It's a shame Dodge never stepped up and took care of this. At the very least they could offer a replacement at cost.

- Pat T., Apopka, FL, US

problem #194

Oct 102006

Ram 1500 5.3L

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Super annoying. Would like Dodge to fix it as a recall if possible.

- Gabe F., Hathaway Pines, CA, US

problem #193

Jun 132003

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,155 miles

I spent over one thousand dollars trying to fix my truck. Bought a new battery; I didn't need if not for that cracked, broken dash. It feel apart causing my glove box to hang open which drained the battery. It got all in the air vents and caused problems. Dodge should have recalled all the trucks with bad dash boards! I live on a fixed income and had to save to replace the dash. I had problems with my wiring because of the dash. I finally couldn't take it anymore. I had it replaced at my expense. I've heard since then it"s very common in the Dodge 1500 trucks. Shame on Dodge!! I love my truck.:( It makes me sad to think they don't care anymore than that about their buyers.

- kswett, Hartsville, SC, US

problem #192

Mar 072007

Ram 1500 S9AZ 5.2L V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,577 miles

I'm not going to rant and yell about the problem that I have, just like others with their problems with the trashed dash. Dodge knows that they have a problem with the dashes in their vehicles and I think they should man up and fix the dam problem.You know it makes me wonder if I'm going to have the same problem with my other Dodge truck it's a 2011.

- gsnyder45, Fort Myers, FL, US

problem #191

May 102005

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This is a huge problem, it has cause wires to rub raw and short against each other. My instruments won't hold in to the dash and scares me that in a wreck the shards will turn to shrapnel.

- Levi B., Howe, US

problem #190

Jun 152011

Ram 1500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I bought my truck used with 32,000 miles (one owner a business) in March 2001 to pull my boat. This is the two door model. 4x4 Automatic, tow package. I have always had window covers on my cars. (I have just sold my 1997 Chevy Blazer 2 door 4x4 S 10 that I bought brand new special order. I did not have one crack in the dash, not a cracked window, body in great shape for having it for 18 years. It had 130,000 miles on it)

My truck to date March 2015 has only 85,000 miles on it. It has been serviced every 3 months for oil changes, new tire when needed , , tires rotated when needed, body of truck only hand washed with special soap, interior is vinyl flooring and cloth seats. It was my all purpose truck to haul my grandkids fishing, and do all my handy stuff around the house. Not one tear or stain in the seating. Floors without any wear and tear. Easy to keep immaculate.

The only downer- I was shocked when I saw small cracks starting at window and coming across dash. MY truck has never been in an accident, never been left out in the sun without proper cover, and I take excellent car of my cars. I just sold my mini cooper 2006 with 34,000 miles in immaculate shape. Here I sit with my truck dash looking like crap. No fault on my part. My other cars have never done this. IN all my years I have had many nice cars (Corvettes, show trucks, Thunderbird, Chevy Malibu 1968 bought off the show room, 1964 Grand Prix 427.) No car has done what this Ram is doing.

I love the truck - hate watching it start to fall apart. Calling around to fix it- the dealer wants $2000. dollars.I refuse to get taken on a defective part. I looked on YOU tube to see how to change it myself and went to junk yard of wrecked cars trying to locate a replacement dash but they usually are already cracked from wreck. I have put clear tape strip over crack to attempt to keep it from creeping farther. I am babying it hoping this comes up a recall even though it is years later. I don't want to have any danger from flying pieces someday. I refuse to put rug looking thing over the top on my dash. That would look ridiculous.

I hope someone makes Dodge accountable to fixing this problem. I just got rid of my other cars upon retiring and bought used Ford Escape. It has had good reviews as far as I have found on net. I want my truck fixed so I can still enjoy it with safety.

- goldenoldy, Kennewick, WA, US

problem #189

Mar 012014

Ram 1500 5.2L 318 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Look, I have been a Mopar guy my whole driving life...heck even before! I have owned 4 of these 1994-2001 Dodge ram trucks. I really can not grasp the whole deal of why Chrysler Corporation will not meet the safety issues that are present with these low standard plastic upper dash boards. I have noticed that they all have a decal located inside the dash panel itself that reads...Made in Mexico. Really? I mean...Really?

Surely the Corporation knew first hand how low the standards were in Mexico at the time these dash panels were manufactured. Yet, they were allowed to go through! Now, we all know that it was the bottom line of "Get em' built and Get em' sold!", Money! Chrysler Corporation used to stand for something that was held as quality bar none!! What happened? Would it not be easy to just fix the complaints for the few trucks that are still on the road for the owners who actually care about their safety combined with the trucks appearance?

I have fixed 3 of these myself already with my own cash and my own hands. I think it's time for Chrysler to hear their consumers before they lose many to other brands...for something soooo easy to fix that it would be stupid not to! I will remain a Mopar guy...but I lose a little more respect for the brand with every dash I see or hear of being cracked in the 94-01 Rams! Besides the problem being just terrible looking, it is a safety issue which should be addressed. After all, We all deserve to be heard and be proud to show our Dodge Ram trucks off with pride!

- pjcooper, Mendenhall, MS, US

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